Winner and Quitters

Years ago, at the NSG (National Security Guard) Headquarters near Gurgaon, I saw a huge banner in their training hall with these words: "Winners never quit and quitters never win. We want winners."

Now it may appear that this is just to give people an adrenaline-fueled 'josh'. But it is more than that.

If you look at the training of special forces in any country, be it India, US (e.g., Navy SEALs) or British SAS, the whole selection process is designed to test just one thing: When pushed to your limits, do you quit or not? The ones who make it are not the strongest ones, but those who don't quit.

I believe that these ideas are just as relevant in our day to day life. When we are in pain, whether due to career setbacks or unfortunate life-circumstances, our mind and body are screaming to quit. We want the pain to end at any cost.

At that time, the only question we should ask ourselves is whether we can go on for just a little bit more. Surprisingly, almost always, the answer is 'yes.'

The reality is that if we don't quit, we can't lose. Of course, it is easier to say and much harder to do.

But nobody promised us that life would be easy. We just assumed it, and it turns out, wrongly so.


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